Mitteldorf Preserve (4mi and 8.5mi)

(Note: This option includes both your course at Mitteldorf Preserve and the virtual Community Trail Mile Challenge. You do not need to register separately for the trail mile challenge. Add on any other course to this registration for just $10. Discount applied at checkout. Youth aged 12 and under receive half-priced registration, applied at checkout. Adventure Courses are priced separately at $50 each and the add-on discount does not apply.)

The 4-mile (4mi) option at Mitteldorf Preserve takes you out-and-back to the Lodge from the Santa Lucia Preserve entrance gate on Williams Canyon Road, a dirt access road. For a longer and more elevationally-challenging run, the 8.5-mile (8.5mi) option extends past the Lodge and up to a hilltop picnic table. Listen to the burbling of San Jose Creek as you take in the cleansing sight and scent of towering redwoods, survivors and saplings from the 2016 Soberanes Fire. Park just outside the entrance and start your run/hike at the gate. Rustic bathrooms are located behind the Lodge. Select either a morning or afternoon access time, pack a snack and some water, and enjoy the peace and quiet of this majestic property!

Should you choose to race the 4mi option for time, please record your run from the Green Entrance Gate to the Lodge and back. Feel free to pause your timing device at the Lodge to check out the largest redwood in Monterey County, located down the steps to the left of the Lodge. If you choose to race the 8.5mi option for time, please record your run from the Green Entrance Gate to the uppermost picnic table (the second one you will pass), circle around the picnic table and end at the entrance gate. If you are feeling adventurous, meander down the Bunkhouse Trail past the upper picnic table to catch some gorgeous views. (Any time you pause your device, be sure to un-pause when you start your run again!)

About Mitteldorf Preserve

Mitteldorf Preserve is a 1,057-acre property in Carmel Valley, bordered to the west by Palo Corona Regional park, to the south by Joshua Creek Ecological Reserve, and to the north and east by Santa Lucia Preserve. Home to Monterey County's largest redwood tree, this amazing landscape was forever protected from logging when Harriet and Arthur Mitteldorf provided funds for Big Sur Land Trust to purchase the property in 1990. This land features riparian and oak woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, and a rare stand of madrone, all contributing to the beauty of this important watershed and habitat for several protected wildlife species. In addition to hosting hikers, Mitteldorf Preserve may also become home to youth overnight wilderness camps. In 2016, during the record-setting Soberanes Fire, Mitteldorf Preserve served as a critical access point to the backcountry in and around Santa Lucia Preserve. The scars of this fire can be seen on many of the surviving redwoods, as well as by the empty platform where a beautiful barn once stood.

Race Fee

For either course distance, register anytime before the Race for Open Space period begins (April 4) for $30. Your fee includes both your selected Mitteldorf course and the Community Trail Mile Challenge. During your initial registration, you can also add on any course each for just $10 more. (Discount will be applied at checkout.) On April 4, the registration rate increases to $35. Youth aged 12 and under receive half-price registration fees.

Course Map

Click here to view this route in Strava, including the elevational profile.

Below is a georeferenced and printable PDF version of this course map. If you use the Avenza app on your phone, you can upload this map to display your GPS location on the course.

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